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Horniman Museum

Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman collected specimens and artefacts from his travels around the world in the 1860's. His personal collection became the foundation of the Horniman Museum, which is now housed in a Charles Harrison Townsend-designed building. Horniman's original collection included natural history specimens, cultural artefacts and musical instruments. Over the past 100 years, the collection has grown so much that Horniman's original collection comprises only 10 per cent of the current museum. The Horniman also houses an aquarium, and regularly hosts music concerts and special exhibits. Some of the museum's best known objects include a gigantic stuffed walrus, a model dodo and fossils. Also worth a look are the Horniman Gardens, which are set on 16 acres and have a mix of formal and natural landscaping.

Horniman Museum events

Ndebele Houses: Workshop (Over 3s)Ndebele Houses: Workshop (Over 3s)Discover these decorated African houses.30th July 2015Friday 31st July 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Ndebele Houses: Workshop (Over 3s)

Free Event Now On
Dates29th, 30th and 31st July 2015 - 11am-2.45pm|Pricing Free

Discover these decorated African houses.

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Nature Notebooks: WorkshopNature Notebooks: WorkshopMake a Nature Notebook with art and craft tutors.30th July 2015Thursday 27th August 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Nature Notebooks: Workshop

Free Event Now On
Dates30th Jul, 6th Aug, 13th Aug, 20th Aug and 27th Aug 2015 - 11am-2pm|Pricing Free

Make a Nature Notebook with art and craft tutors.

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Max Rush: South London LandscapesMax Rush: South London LandscapesPhotographs of urban natural spaces, including Brockwell Park, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Dulwich Wood, Ruskin Park and the Horniman Gardens.30th July 2015Sunday 20th September 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Max Rush: South London Landscapes

Free Event Ongoing
Dates23rd June to 20th September 2015 - 10.30am-5.30pm|Pricing Free

Photographs of urban natural spaces, including Brockwell Park, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Dulwich Wood, Ruskin Park and the Horniman Gardens.

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BloomBloomBloom at the Horniman Museum features plant silhouettes painted by artist Edward Chell that were inspired by plants, and images of plants, from the Horniman's gardens and historic collections. Painted onto individual gesso panels, and accompanied by other related objects Chell has made, the images will also be displayed alongside some of the artefa30th July 2015Sunday 6th December 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Bloom

Ongoing
Dates11th July to 6th December 2015

Bloom at the Horniman Museum features plant silhouettes painted by artist Edward Chell that were inspired by plants, and images of plants, from the Horniman's gardens and historic collections. Painted onto individual gesso panels, and accompanied by other related objects Chell has made, the images will also be displayed alongside some of the artefa...More about this event

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Images From 42 Women Of Sierra LeoneImages From 42 Women Of Sierra LeonePhotographs by Lee Karen Stow that pay tribute to the strength and resilience of the country's women.30th July 2015Sunday 27th September 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Images From 42 Women Of Sierra Leone

Free Event Ongoing
Dates30th April to 27th September 2015 - 10.30am-5.30pm|Pricing Free

Photographs by Lee Karen Stow that pay tribute to the strength and resilience of the country's women.

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PlantasticPlantasticPlantasticFrom giant seeds and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system, Plantastic at the Horniman Museum explores the world of plants on a massive scale. The interactive exhibition provides visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with nature. Open just in time for February half term, from May 2015 there 30th July 2015Sunday 1st November 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Plantastic

Ongoing
Dates14th February to 1st November 2015

From giant seeds and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system, Plantastic at the Horniman Museum explores the world of plants on a massive scale. The interactive exhibition provides visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with nature. Open just in time for February half term, from May 2015 there ...More about this event

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Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity at the Horniman Museum explores how Romanian folk art has been used to express social and political ideas. It will look at within the village and on the national and international scale. 30th July 2015Sunday 6th September 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity

Ongoing
Dates4th October 2014 to 6th September 2015

Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity at the Horniman Museum explores how Romanian folk art has been used to express social and political ideas. It will look at within the village and on the national and international scale. ...More about this event

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At Home With MusicAt Home With MusicAt Home With MusicAt Home With Music is a new display at the Horniman Museum that brings together highlights of the keyboard instrument collections from the Horniman and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The display includes organs, harpsichords, pianos and clavichords and features rare and beautiful instruments including a portable piano of the type that Captain Scot30th July 2015Thursday 31st December 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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At Home With Music

Free Event Ongoing
Dates31st January 2014 to 31st December 2015|Pricing Free

At Home With Music is a new display at the Horniman Museum that brings together highlights of the keyboard instrument collections from the Horniman and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The display includes organs, harpsichords, pianos and clavichords and features rare and beautiful instruments including a portable piano of the type that Captain Scot...More about this event

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Discovery For All: WorkshopDiscovery For All: WorkshopHands-on discovery session.2nd August 2015Sunday 23rd August 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Discovery For All: Workshop

Free Event On Soon
Dates2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd Aug 2015 - 11.30am-1pm|Pricing Free

Hands-on discovery session.

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Egyptian Scarab Collars: Workshop (Over 3s)Egyptian Scarab Collars: Workshop (Over 3s)Themed craft activity.3rd August 2015Friday 7th August 2015 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23 3PQ
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Egyptian Scarab Collars: Workshop (Over 3s)

Free Event On Soon
Dates3rd, 4th and 7th August 2015 - 11am-2.45pm|Pricing Free

Themed craft activity.

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    Church Street Hotel London

    from 54 27% off
    29-33 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR 2.6 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Billing itself as 'a Spanish Americana oasis in the heart of downtown South London', the Church Street Hotel is certainly unique and boutique-y. Frida Kahlo stares ...More

    Holiday Inn Express London- Vauxhall Nine Elms London

    Holiday Inn Express London- Vauxhall Nine Elms

    from 64 35% off
    87 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RN 3.9 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Recently redeveloped in a contemporary style, the Holiday Inn Express London -Vauxhall Nine Elms is a budget hotel located just south of the river Thames. ...More

    The Bermondsey Square Hotel London

    The Bermondsey Square Hotel

    from 59 34% off
    Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN 4 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Bermondsey Square Hotel offers a peaceful place to stay with its 79 bedrooms taking up one side of the traffic-free square. All rooms in this modern ...More

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    Oasis Adventure Playground London
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    Oasis Adventure Playground

    Larkhall Lane, London, SW8 2PD 3.7 miless away from Horniman Museum

    The excellent Oasis Adventure Playground provides supervised adventure play sessions for local children aged 6 to 16 who can zip down the zip wire, ...More

    Mudchute Park & Farm London
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    Mudchute Park & Farm

    Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets, E14 3HP 4.1 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Located in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, Mudchute Farm and Park is one of the largest of London's city farms, covering a 32 acre ...More

    Surrey Docks Farm London
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    Surrey Docks Farm

    Rotherhithe Street, Southwark, SE16 5ET 4.2 miless away from Horniman Museum

    All the animals on this 2.2 acre city farm on the south bank of the river Thames in Rotherhithe are organically reared. Donkeys, goats and sheep ...More

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    Horniman Aquarium London
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    Horniman Aquarium

    Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ Same location as Horniman Museum

    The basement aquarium at The Horniman follows a long history of marine life at the museum. Sealife has been on display here since 1903 when the ...More

    Dulwich Picture Gallery London
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    Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD 23 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Designed by London architect Sir John Soane in 1811, Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world's first purpose-built art gallery and holds one of the most celebrated ...More

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    Nunhead Cemetery

    Linden Grove, London, SE15 3LP 33 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Nunhead Cemetery is a 52 acre Victorian burial ground situated on a hill four miles south of Central London. A ruined Gothic chapel overlooks a large ...More

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    Ndebele Houses: Workshop (Over 3s) London

    Ndebele Houses: Workshop (Over 3s)

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    Dates: 29th, 30th and 31st July 2015 - 11am-2.45pm
    Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ Same location as Horniman Museum

    Discover these decorated African houses....More

    Take A Tour With Mr Horniman (Over 3s) London

    Take A Tour With Mr Horniman (Over 3s)

    On Soon
    Dates: Friday 7th August 2015 at 11.30am-12.15pm, 1.15pm-2pm and 3pm-3.45pm
    Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ Same location as Horniman Museum

    Tour led by Mr Horniman in Victorian costume....More

    Discovery For All: Workshop London

    Discovery For All: Workshop

    On Soon
    Dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd Aug 2015 - 11.30am-1pm
    Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ Same location as Horniman Museum

    Hands-on discovery session....More

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    Bussey Building London
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    Bussey Building

    133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST 2 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Once an industrial powerhouse, one of the premier cricket bat makers in the country and an air raid shelter during the Second World War, the historic ...More

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    Hootananny Brixton

    95 Effra Road, London, SW2 1DF 2.5 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Hootananny Brixton is the sister venue to one of the Scottish Highlands' most successful venues, Hootananny in Inverness. Revamped and refurbished, it's fast-establishing itself as one ...More

    Jack Studio Theatre London
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    Jack Studio Theatre

    410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH 25 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    The Jack Studio Theatre (formerly known as Brockley Jack Theatre) is a welcoming 50-seat fringe theatre in Brockley - so welcoming that it won the public ...More

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    The best shops and markets near Horniman Museum
    Rye Books London
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    Rye Books

    45 Upland Road, London, SE22 9EF 23 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Lovely local independent bookshop in East Dulwich Rye Books sells fiction, children's books, art and design, and tomes on travel as well as hard-to-find books, gifts ...More

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    Moxon's

    149 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8HX 24 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    This East Dulwich branch of Moxon's fishmongers in Lordship Lane is a friendly shop stocking ethically sourced fish and is regarded as one of the best ...More

    Hope and Greenwood London
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    Hope and Greenwood

    20 Northcross Road, London, SE22 9EU 24 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Excellent ice cream in the summer and a delicious-looking Christmas window in the winter are the kind of thing that make this candy shop a special ...More

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    Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante London
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    Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante

    481 Lordship Lane, Dulwich, London, SE22 8JY 7 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Spanish cuisine. ...More

    The Herne Tavern London
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    The Herne Tavern

    2 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 0RR 16 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Sister pub to The Palmerston on Lordship Lane, The Herne Tavern is quite a different offering and is ideally suited to families with its large outdoor ...More

    Babur Restaurant London
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    Babur Restaurant

    119 Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, London, SE23 1JP 18 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    North Indian cuisine. Booking advised on weekends. ...More

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    Music Everything Ltd London
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    Music Everything Ltd

    Parchmore Place, London, CR7 8LX 3.1 miless away from Horniman Museum

    This popular, affordable music school delivers short and intensive part time courses in music production/technology, sound engineering, vocal techniques and keyboard/guitar/dj skills. They also have studios to ...More

    Chocolate Films Ltd London
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    Chocolate Films Ltd

    Units 1 & 2 119-123 Hackford Road, Brixton, SW9 0QT 3.3 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Chocolate Films is a South London based film production company and social enterprise which runs a wide variety of media courses including stop motion animation, light ...More

    The Wine and Food Academy London
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    The Wine and Food Academy

    93 Hazelbourne Road, London, SW12 9NT 3.6 miless away from Horniman Museum

    It's kind of an evening class, kind of a dinner party... Led by FHM's Kenneth Harry Putt, the WFA wine appreciation classes are based around tasting ...More

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    Peckham Rye Common London
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    Peckham Rye Common

    Peckham Rye, London, SE15 4JR 27 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Peckham Rye combines the Park and Common providing a large green space for sports, sun bathing, families and ducks. Notable aspects include ornamental gardens - ...More

    Crystal Palace Park London
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    Crystal Palace Park

    Thicket Road, Penge, London, SE20 8DT 28 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Although Sir Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace - first erected in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and moved here a couple of years ...More

    Herne Hill Velodrome London
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    Herne Hill Velodrome

    Burbage Road, London, SE24 9HE 29 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    One of the oldest cycling tracks in the world, the Herne Hill Velodrome was built way back in 1891 and still hosts regular training for local ...More

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    The Herne Tavern London
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    The Herne Tavern

    2 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 0RR 16 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Sister pub to The Palmerston on Lordship Lane, The Herne Tavern is quite a different offering and is ideally suited to families with its large outdoor ...More

    The Crown & Greyhound London
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    The Crown & Greyhound

    73 Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7BJ 23 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    The Crown & Greyhound in Dulwich Village (also known as 'The Dog') is a large pub - really, it's an amalgamation of two: The Crown and ...More

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    The Palmerston

    91 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8EP 26 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    After eight years as head chef of Bibendum, Jamie Younger brought his cooking talents to The Palmerston (formally The Lord Palmerston) in East Dulwich in ...More

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    Champagne + Fromage London
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    Champagne + Fromage

    10-11 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8PR 2.7 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Expanding from their Covent Garden shop into Brixton, Champagne & Fromage, the venture owned by French Bubbles founders, Maud Fierobe and Stefano Frigerio, can be found ...More

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    Ritzy Cafe

    Brixton Oval, Brixton, SW2 1JG 2.7 miless away from Horniman Museum

    This funky little jazz bar is one of South London's hidden delights. Don't worry about the depressingly empty pub section you can see from the street. ...More

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    Plan B

    418 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7AY 2.8 miless away from Horniman Museum

    With an exciting new music programme and creative team behind its new look and identity, including Kate Moross (one of London's most exciting young creatives, and ...More

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    Laban

    Creekside, Deptford, London, SE8 3DZ 3.1 miless away from Horniman Museum

    Tate Modern architects Herzog & de Meuron went for a shimmering, plastic-clad building when tasked with designing the Laban building, a place where excellence in contemporary ...More

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    Old Royal Naval College

    Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, 2, Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LW 3.6 miless away from Horniman Museum

    The Old Royal Naval College was built on the site of the Tudor Palace in Greenwich in which Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born. William ...More

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    Dulwich Picture Gallery

    Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD 23 minutes away from Horniman Museum

    Designed by London architect Sir John Soane in 1811, Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world's first purpose-built art gallery and holds one of the most celebrated ...More

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    Exhibitions | Until 6th December 2015

    Bloom at the Horniman Museum features plant silhouettes painted by artist Edward Chell that were inspired by plants, and images ... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 27th August 2015

    Make a Nature Notebook with art and craft tutors.... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 31st July 2015

    Discover these decorated African houses.... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2015

    Photographs of urban natural spaces, including Brockwell Park, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Dulwich Wood, Ruskin Park and the Horniman ... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 1st November 2015

    From giant seeds and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system, Plantastic at the Horniman Museum ... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 6th September 2015

    Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity at the Horniman Museum explores how Romanian folk art has been used to express social ... More

    At Home With Music
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    Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2015

    At Home With Music is a new display at the Horniman Museum that brings together highlights of the keyboard instrument ... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 27th September 2015

    Photographs by Lee Karen Stow that pay tribute to the strength and resilience of the country's women.... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 15th November 2015
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    Dulwich Picture Gallery  23 minutes walk from Horniman Museum

    A selection of 13 works on paper celebrating the court artist to Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte and one of France's ... More

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    Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2015
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    Dulwich Picture Gallery  23 minutes walk from Horniman Museum

    Over 100 watercolours by British artist Eric Ravilious, well known for his work for Wedgwood, including Train Landscape and Westbury ... More

     
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